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Birmingham City 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

Stephen Gleeson
Midfielder Stephen Gleeson's second-half goal was his first of the season

Birmingham City stretched their unbeaten run to seven Championship games with a home win over Blackburn.

After spurning two good opportunities, Stephen Gleeson fired the only goal of the game, finding the top corner from David Cotterill's neat ball.

Cotterill hit the post as the hosts looked for a second, while Blackburn's best chance saw Tommie Hoban fire over from Craig Conway's free-kick.

Defeat keeps Blackburn in the bottom three while Birmingham are up to sixth.

Rovers, who have conceded in all 11 of their league games so far, pushed for a late equaliser but goalkeeper Jason Steele - up for a last-gasp corner - could not quite reach Sam Gallagher's squared header.

Birmingham's Che Adams shot just wide and Jacques Maghoma inadvertently blocked Jonathan Grounds' far-post header as the hosts edged the first half.

Marvin Emnes' brilliant shot for Rovers was saved by Adam Legzdins before Gleeson opened the scoring with a neat finish and it could have been 2-0 but Jonathan Spector fired over from close range.

Blackburn, who have now won just two of their past 12 games in all competitions, pushed forward in stoppage time but it was too little, too late.

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett told BBC WM:

"You can play against teams near the bottom who can turn you over. We have to be mindful of these teams.

"We caused them problems but they caused us one or two. Our second half was better.

"We tend to start slowly but get stronger and that is testament to our experience and game management.

"The key moment for me was early in the second half when Adam Legzdins made a fantastic save from Marvin Emnes. It was a crucial save and we went away to score the winner."

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle:

"It was a hard-fought game. The margins were very fine.

"We could have picked up a point. If we had scored the first goal it could have been different as we had a couple of opportunities to score.

"The disappointment was that we were in possession before they scored the goal. Saying that, it was a wonderful finish from Gleeson.

"From our point of view it was avoidable as there were enough bodies around. It made it difficult because we had to make substitutions because of injuries."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Legzdins
  • 23Spector
  • 28Morrison
  • 5ShottonBooked at 45mins
  • 3Grounds
  • 11Cotterill
  • 8Gleeson
  • 26DavisSubstituted forRobinsonat 90+1'minutes
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forWigginsat 85'minutes
  • 14AdamsSubstituted forFabbriniat 63'minutes
  • 15Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 4Robinson
  • 10Fabbrini
  • 12Wiggins
  • 18Brown
  • 20Stewart
  • 27Trueman
  • 38Storer

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 6LoweBooked at 21mins
  • 3Greer
  • 4HobanBooked at 81mins
  • 5Williams
  • 10MarshallBooked at 68mins
  • 26LenihanBooked at 30mins
  • 29EvansSubstituted forGuthrieat 67'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 32Conway
  • 12GrahamBooked at 51minsSubstituted forGallagherat 55'minutes
  • 17EmnesSubstituted forBennettat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Samuelsen
  • 19Gallagher
  • 21Akpan
  • 23Guthrie
  • 30Brown
  • 31Bennett
  • 33Raya
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
16,781

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home17
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Attempt blocked. Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Lowe.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Stephen Gleeson.

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Delay in match Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Diego Fabbrini.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson replaces David Davis.

Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gordon Greer (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Birmingham City. Jonathan Spector tries a through ball, but David Cotterill is caught offside.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Rhoys Wiggins replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill.

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

David Cotterill (Birmingham City) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma with a cross.

Attempt saved. Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tommie Hoban.

Booking

Tommie Hoban (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tommie Hoban (Blackburn Rovers).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tommie Hoban.

Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Offside, Birmingham City. Stephen Gleeson tries a through ball, but David Cotterill is caught offside.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Guthrie tries a through ball, but Craig Conway is caught offside.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Stephen Gleeson.

Attempt blocked. Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Cotterill.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett replaces Marvin Emnes because of an injury.

Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

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2Norwich117222115623
3Newcastle1171322101222
4Brighton11632147721
5Bristol City116231912720
6Birmingham11551149520
7Brentford11533189918
8Reading115331215-318
9Sheff Wed115241314-117
10Barnsley115152116516
11Leeds115151213-116
12Wolves114341514115
13QPR114341417-315
14Fulham113531013-314
15Burton113441616013
16Ipswich1134489-113
17Preston114161214-213
18Nottm Forest113351922-312
19Aston Villa111731012-210
20Derby11245610-410
21Wigan112361214-29
22Blackburn112271220-88
23Cardiff11227819-118
24Rotherham111371125-146
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